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Folk Carved Cane-back Folding Chair with Anti-Silverite Inscription

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American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2922M
Date / Time :
August 15, 2016 10:00AM


Folk Carved Cane-back Folding Chair with Anti-Silverite Inscription, late 19th century, maple frame opening to a "V"-shaped back and horseshoe-shaped cane seat, carved allover with figures of well-dressed Victorian men and women and a variety of animals, inscribed on the back of the frame "Ho ye Silverites, silver is pretty & useful in many ways, but in circulation as cash, money, silver should be limited. Due you from Bank $100,000, you demand payment of banker. Banker sits out daddy dollars. $100,000 lawful money in United States you then have 6000lb weight. Run down in your breeches 6000 lb weight. Tis provable that you would feel a little lame mentally Brother Silverite what Say you Hah," ht. 32, seat ht. 15 1/2, wd. 12 1/4 in.

Note: The Silverites were members of a late 19th century American political movement that argued silver should continue to be a monetary standard along with gold at a rate where sixteen ounces of silver would be equal in value to one ounce of gold. Long-running Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan was a leading proponent of Silverites' philosophy.
Estimate $200-400

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William Jennings Bryan, Economic history of the United States, Metallism, Ounce, Precious metals, Silver, Silverite, Troy ounce, Units of mass, Walking stick, United States